4-Star Defensive End High On the Tigers

Eagles Landing Christian standout Andrew Williams talks about his official visit to Auburn to check out Coach Gus Malzahn's football program.

McDonough, Ga.--Andrew Williams said that Auburn set the bar high for official visits after spending the weekend checking out Coach Gus Malzahn's football program.

Hanging out with the coaching staff, other recruits, current players along with player host Carl Lawson, Williams said the visit was an "excellent" one.

Auburn is one of his three finalists along with Ole Miss and Clemson. He plans to visit Ole Miss next weekend and on the 31st will be at Clemson. The defensive end said he will announce his decision at Eagles Landing Christian on signing in a ceremony with several of his teammates.

Williams has a long relationship with Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner, who is scheduled to visit the defensive lineman later this week.

"He is a great guy," Williams said. "He doesn't really sugarcoat anything, something I?really like. Just check his track record and he has done many great things.

"He is going to be friends with you outside football, but I know from my own personal experience he is demanding on the field," Williams said. "When I was in the 10th grade I went to Dawg Night at Georgia and I left there thinking, ‘Man, is his college?' From that and from talking to Carl (Lawson), I have feeling on how he coaches."

Williams pointed out that Garner played a dozen guys in the front four playing rotation and that four of them were seniors in 2013 so there is a really good opportunity for newcomers to play this fall and in years to come. "In two years nine guys will be gone," Williams said, noting the Auburn coaches told him that it is important for the team's future that it restock the roster with defensive linemen this year.

Lawson, a freshman defensive end for the Tigers, was the player host Williams. The two had a prior relationship from Lawson's days in high school. "He told me what to expect, what is going to be hard. He told me the good and the bad of everything so that was cool."

Williams said that he is still growing and isn't sure when he is going to stop. "I am 6-4 1/2 now and weighed in this weekend at 260. I was kind of surprised when I got on the scales because I don't really feel like I weigh 260."

Andrew Williams

Williams noted that he spent a lot of time hanging out with Auburn's commitments. He notes that he hit it off with those guys and mentioned linebacker DeShaun Davis as a prospect he enjoyed hanging out with on the official visit. "No one was arrogant or cocky," he said. "It was really a humbling experience being around all of those guys."

In addition to checking out the football program, Williams spent time looking at Auburn's academic programs. An honor student in high school, he wants to major in business.

The prospect said that he is going to have a tough decision on his college choice. "The most important is I have to weigh all of the schools and see how they stack up," he said. "I am really looking forward to see if they do or not. My Auburn visit is going to be pretty hard to top."


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